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1. Education Secretary Praises Local Schools Leaders -

Sustainability is a term associated with environmental efforts, though innovation is a much more popular term across causes from economic development to education reform.

But when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to Memphis this month as the last stop on a three-state bus tour of school districts, it was the word sustainability that came up more often than innovation.

2. Editorial: Growing Rape Kit Backlog Raises More Concern -

The backlog gets bigger. And with the recent news that 196 rape kits dating back to 1976 have been found by Memphis Police, questions never fully answered about the rape kit backlog that surfaced about a year ago become more urgent.

3. Raising Concerns Over Education Coverage -

With just one person reporting on schools in a metropolitan area of more than 1.3 million people, The Commercial Appeal is forging ahead with a relationship with a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to covering education.

4. Fundraiser for The Bridge to Be Held Sept. 20 -

Fundraiser being held to benefit The Bridge, a street paper operated by college students

The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper, will hold its “Under One Roof” fall fundraiser Sept. 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rhodes College McCallum Ballroom, 2000 North Parkway.

5. Fundraiser for The Bridge to Be Held Sept. 20 -

The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper, will hold its “Under One Roof” fall fundraiser Sept. 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rhodes College McCallum Ballroom, 2000 North Parkway.

6. About That Raise... US Executives Feeling Tight-Fisted -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The corporate executives who decide whether U.S. workers get meaningful raises have looked at the broader economy and have a message: Don't expect a pay increase anytime soon.

7. 5 Fundraising Job Considerations -

The possibility of a new position as a fund development or fundraising professional brings excitement and anticipation. A new position could mean the opportunity to “finally” put one’s professional skills to use. Maybe with a new position there will be greater opportunities to implement best practices and to meet – or even exceed – goals.

8. Report: Cost to Raise Child in Memphis Tops $208,000 -

Memphis is one of the least expensive cities in which to raise a child.

That’s according to the personal finance website NerdWallet, which looked at the average cost of raising a child to the age of 18 in 288 major cities. In Memphis, the site found, it costs a little more than $208,000 on average – compared to, on the high end of the scale, $540,514 to raise a child in New York City.

9. FedEx Decides Not to Renew a Renaissance Center Lease -

FedEx has decided not to renew a lease at a prominent East Memphis office building.

FedEx Services is not renewing a roughly 11,000-square-foot lease at the 189,644-square-foot Renaissance Center office building at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive that expires Oct. 1. Employees affected by the decision will be moved to FedEx facilities, part of a broader consolidation and efficiency plan the company has been pursuing.

10. Report: Cost to Raise Child in Memphis Tops $208,000 -

Memphis is one of the least expensive cities in which to raise a child.

That’s according to the personal finance website NerdWallet, which looked at the average cost of raising a child to the age of 18 in 288 major cities. In Memphis, the site found, it costs a little more than $208,000 on average – compared to, on the high end of the scale, $540,514 to raise a child in New York City.

11. Dollar General Raises Family Dollar Bid to $9.1 Billion -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying that it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to ease the antitrust concerns of its takeover target.

12. Pickler Cos. Sponsoring Diabetes Research Fundraiser -

On Friday, Aug. 22, the Pickler Cos. will sponsor a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The “One Day” event will benefit research into finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes and will include refreshments, event T-shirts for sale, music and a dunk tank. It will run from noon to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Pickler Wealth Advisors, 1135 Halle Park Circle in Collierville, and the event is open to everyone.

13. Commission Ends Term with Residency Guidelines and School Board Pay Raises -

At the last meeting of their current four-year term of office, Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Aug. 18, a specific set of guidelines for future commissions to weigh residency challenges of elected county officials.

14. Actor Rob Lowe to Headline Cancer Center Fundraiser -

The annual Methodist Cancer Center Luncheon has a track record of bringing in speakers with high name recognition, from actor Michael Douglas to former first lady Laura Bush to network anchorman Tom Brokaw to actress Sally Field.

15. The First 72 – Don’t Kill Your Fundraising -

Asking for a donation to your nonprofit is one component of fundraising. How that gift is processed once it is received is another.

Both are important. Your actions can strengthen a donor relationship, or contribute to its demise. “The First 48” is a TV crime show that stresses the importance of the first 48 hours to the overall criminal investigation. Create guidelines for “The First 72” to keep fundraising on track. Letting gifts “pile up” and processing them once every week or two may appear efficient, but this process may require investigation.

16. Johnson to Lead Pink Palace Fundraising Efforts -

Cathi Johnson has joined the Pink Palace Family of Museums as director of development. In her new role, she’ll design, implement and manage the museum system’s fundraising efforts, including individual and corporate gifts and sponsorships, grant writing, capital funds and planned giving.

17. Tower Center Hosting Fundraiser for Dog Rescue -

A party to raise money for Real Good Dog Rescue will take place Aug. 20 on the 33rd floor of Clark Tower at the Tower Center, 5100 Poplar Ave.

18. Tower Center Hosting Fundraiser for Dog Rescue -

A party to raise money for Real Good Dog Rescue will take place Aug. 20 on the 33rd floor of Clark Tower at the Tower Center, 5100 Poplar Ave.

19. Are Fundraising Fables Getting in Your Way? -

Why is it so hard to retain fund development professionals? That’s the polite version of the question that has executive directors pulling their hair out and nonprofit board members wondering “what’s going on?”

20. Grizz Renew Commitment to Raise $2.5M for St. Jude -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that they have committed to raising $2.5 million over 10 years to continue helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

21. Grizzlies Renew Commitment to Raise $2.5 Million for St. Jude -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that they have committed to raising $2.5 million over 10 years to continue helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

22. Rizzo’s to Help Raise Funds for Crisis Center -

The Memphis Crisis Center and Rizzo’s Diner at 106 G.E. Patterson Ave. are partnering for a monthly event to raise funds for the 24-hour hotline for people in emotional distress.

“Less to Wine About Wednesdays” will be held on the second Wednesday of every month. The restaurant, which has been featured on Food Network, will give 25 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Memphis Crisis Center.

23. Waller Lansden Leases in Renaissance Center -

A Nashville-based law firm is moving into permanent space at the Renaissance Center office building.

Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP, which opened a Memphis office in February, has leased 10,000 square feet in the East Memphis office building at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive.

24. Alexander Raises More Than $900,000, Launches New Ad -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has raised more than $900,000 in the second quarter and has more than $3.4 million on hand in the final weeks before the primary.

Alexander's campaign is also launching a new television ad stressing the senator's opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law.

25. Ex-Senator Baker Remembered for Crossing the Aisle -

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. was remembered Tuesday for his ability to bridge political divides in Washington while also establishing the Republican Party as a statewide force in Tennessee.

26. Waller Lansden Leases Space in Renaissance Center -

A Nashville-based law firm is moving into permanent space at the Renaissance Center office building.

Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP, which opened a Memphis office in February, has leased 10,000 square feet in the East Memphis office building at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive.

27. Rizzo’s to Help Raise Funds for Crisis Center -

The Memphis Crisis Center and Rizzo's Diner at 106 G.E. Patterson Ave. are partnering for a monthly event to raise funds for the 24-hour hotline for people in emotional distress.

“Less to Wine About Wednesdays” will be held on the second Wednesday of every month. The restaurant, which has been featured on Food Network, will give 25 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Memphis Crisis Center.

28. Court Raises Bar for Securities Class Action Cases -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Monday made it tougher for investors to join together to sue corporations for securities fraud, a decision that could curb the number of multimillion dollar legal settlements companies pay out each year.

29. Questions Raised About 100 N. Main Developer -

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Clarification: The article in the June 16 issue of The Memphis Daily News about 100 N. Main developer Isaac Thomas contains facts from a judge’s opinion rendered after a civil judgment – not a criminal case – in Connecticut that held Thomas liable for an investor's $80,000 loss in a real estate venture. After a civil trial, Thomas was found liable under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act and was ordered to pay $160,000 plus attorney fees and costs. While he was also found liable for conversion, unjust enrichment and breach of fiduciary duty, no additional damages were awarded for those claims. Thomas was not criminally charged.

30. Pay Raises Go Mainly to Those in Select Industries -

NEW YORK (AP) – If you hope to get a raise that finally feels like one, it helps to work in the right industry.

Historically, at this stage in the economy's recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices. Overall pay has been rising about 2 percent a year, roughly equal to inflation.

31. How to Sabotage Your Fundraising -

Fundraising is about asking for money. That’s the common perception. But is it the truth?

Here’s what we have learned from our extensive work with nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, individual donors, program officers and foundation executives: Fundraising is about much more than asking for money.

32. Literatini Fundraiser to be Held June 13 -

Literacy Mid-South will host its annual Literatini fundraiser Friday, June 13, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended.

33. Crye-Leike Raises Funds for United Way -

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. agents and employees collected $64,840 for United Way during the 2013 campaign season.

34. Commission Discusses School Board Raises -

After a five-month delay, Shelby County Commissioners resumed action Monday, June 2, on an ordinance that would raise the pay of Shelby County Schools board members.

Commissioners approved Monday on the second of three readings an amended pay raise for school board members.

35. County Commission Discusses School Board Raises -

After a five-month delay, Shelby County Commissioners resumed action Monday, June 2, on an ordinance that would raise the pay of Shelby County Schools board members.

Commissioners approved Monday on the second of three readings an amended pay raise for school board members.

36. Group Supporting Incumbent Justices Raises $600,000 -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A group supporting the retention of three incumbent Tennessee Supreme Court justices says it has raised $600,000.

The campaign called Keep Tennessee Courts Fair is supporting Justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade, who face yes-no votes on the ballot in August.

37. Crye-Leike Raises Funds for United Way -

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. agents and employees collected $64,840 for United Way during the 2013 campaign season.

38. Bike Ride to Raise Funds for Cancer Research -

West Cancer Center, a partnership of The West Clinic, Methodist Healthcare, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will launch the “Bluff City Blues 100 Ride to Fight On” on Oct. 11.

39. Amro Raises $5,000 for Memphis Symphony -

Amro Music has announced it raised more than $5,000 in a silent auction last month to help benefit the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Amro held the auction April 15, with more than 50 items to bid on and all money going directly to the symphony. On top of that, a percentage of all piano and instrument sales done in the store that week also went toward the symphony.

40. Bike Ride to Raise Funds For Cancer Research -

West Cancer Center, a partnership of The West Clinic, Methodist Healthcare, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will launch the “Bluff City Blues 100 Ride to Fight On” on Oct. 11.

41. Tennessee Democrats Net $500,000 in Annual Fundraiser -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Democrats say the $500,000 netted from its Jackson Day fundraiser set a new record for the beleaguered party.

The event headlined by Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was held at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on Saturday.

42. Netflix Raises Prices By $1 for New Subscribers -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix is raising its Internet video prices by $1 per month for new customers and giving its current U.S. subscribers a two-year break from the higher rates.

The changes mean anyone signing up for Netflix's video subscription service beginning Friday will pay $9 per month for in the U.S. The old price of $8 per month will continue until May 2016 for Netflix's existing 36 million U.S. subscribers.

43. Obama Praises Jobs Growth -

President Barack Obama hails April jobs growth but says Congress must still do more to help American workers, including raising the minimum wage and creating more construction jobs by approving public works projects.

44. Parkinson, White Compare Notes Across Aisle -

Two state representatives from Memphis say the 19-member Shelby County delegation in the Tennessee General Assembly isn’t as united as it should be.

“I have to be brutally honest. I have yet to see us come together and move as a block for Shelby County,” Democratic state Rep. Antonio Parkinson said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines.” “There appears to be an alignment with some members of our delegation that align with other parts of Tennessee before they align with Shelby County. I’m optimistic that will shift.”

45. Super Dollar Raises Funds for Miracle Network -

The annual campaign by fred’s Super Dollar to collect money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has brought in almost $780,000 in customer donations.

The campaign ran from Feb. 25 through April 20. Shoppers were offered a chance to buy paper Miracle Balloons for $1 each at any store location.

46. Obama Praises Jobs Growth, Says More Work Remains -

President Barack Obama hails April jobs growth but says Congress must still do more to help American workers, including raising the minimum wage and creating more construction jobs by approving public works projects.

47. Super Dollar Raises Funds for Children's Miracle Network -

The annual campaign by fred’s Super Dollar to collect money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has brought in almost $780,000 in customer donations.

The campaign ran from Feb. 25 through April 20. Shoppers were offered a chance to buy paper Miracle Balloons for $1 each at any store location. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network hospital closest to the Super Dollar where the balloon was purchased.

48. Fundraising Reports: Clarity or Obfuscation? -

Fundraising reports can communicate progress toward agreed-upon goals. They can also take a lot of time to produce. They can be confusing. They can have too much detail, or too little. They can engage and energize. They can also obfuscate.

49. St. George’s Adding Kula Fundraising -

St. George’s Independent School is moving toward a new fundraising source for the school and its programs based on converting airline miles and credit and debit card affinity points into a kind of currency for charitable giving.

50. St. George’s Adding Kula Fundraising -

St. George’s Independent School is moving toward a new fundraising source for the school and its programs based on converting airline miles and credit and debit card affinity points into a kind of currency for charitable giving.

51. How to Keep a Fundraising Job -

Part two in a two-part series. We have seen nonprofit executive directors and college presidents pull their hair out over their relationship – or lack of a relationship – with their development staff. There are magic words development professionals say that pour gasoline on a slow smoldering fire. Here are a few.

52. Sponsor Says He Would Raise Money for Open Carry -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House sponsor of a bill seeking to do away with permit requirements to openly carry is offering to raise the estimated $100,000 cost from private sources.

Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss said in a letter to his House colleagues on Monday that he was disappointed with what he called a "bogus" cost estimate attached to the bill that he sees as an attempt to kill the measure.

53. How to Work With a Fundraising Professional -

Part one in a two-part series. Are you an executive director who wonders why his development staff doesn’t raise more money? A college president who wishes her vice president was ahead of goal?

54. Fundraising Help for Orchestra Continues -

The Kickstarter campaign to raise at least $25,000 for the financially struggling Memphis Symphony Orchestra has beaten its goal, pulling in a little more than $28,500.

That’s one example among many of how, once the orchestra’s dire straits became known earlier this year, supporters have been lining up to come to the rescue. And more chances for the public to help are still to come.

55. Fourth Annual MED Night Raises Hospital Awareness -

“Celebrate good times, come on!” The song by Kool & the Gang – this year’s MED Night: A Soul Celebration headliner – pretty much encapsulates not only the night, but the overall feeling about Regional One Health’s vision and new direction.

56. Museum Reopening Raises Issues About Present -

There was a moment in the April 5 two-hour reopening ceremony for the renovated National Civil Rights Museum that demonstrated the tension that still exists when it comes to the important issue of who is telling the story of history.

57. Haslam Free Tuition Plan Garners Praise, Concern -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal this year, a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, appears on track to pass as lawmakers enter the waning days of the legislative session. The details, however – including how to pay for this perk in the years to come – remain scattered.

58. Haslam Regrets No Raises for Teachers Next Year -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he regrets not being able to give the state's teachers a raise and pledged to find ways to increase their pay after vowing to do so last year.

59. Are You Begging or Fundraising? -

Fundraising is a noble profession. As a fundraiser you meet some of the best people around. You provide people with information and opportunities that allow them to pursue things that are important to them: “things” that really can’t be bought. You can’t buy an end to world hunger, gun violence, AIDS or domestic violence: you have to give. When you ask people to give you bring people together with projects, programs and institutions that align with their beliefs. You help people realize some of their highest aspirations.

60. Ramsey: Pay Raises, Higher Ed Funding Face Cuts -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says worse-than-expected revenue collections could force Tennessee to cancel planned pay raises for state employees and reduce planned investments in higher education.

61. Online Auction Raises $70,000 for UTHSC -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center grossed more than $70,000 from an online auction of more than 300 works by internationally known Memphis artist Paul Penczner.

The sale, which opened March 4 and finished with a rolling auction, drew 158 bidders. The works are part of a 400-piece collection the artist’s widow, Jolanda Penczner, donated to the UTHSC College of Medicine after his death in 2010 to establish an endowment in the Department of Physiology.

62. Online Auction Raises $70,000 for UT Health Science Center -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center grossed more than $70,000 from an online auction of more than 300 works by internationally known Memphis artist Paul Penczner.

The sale, which opened March 4 and finished with a rolling auction, drew 158 bidders. The works are part of a 400-piece collection the artist’s widow, Jolanda Penczner, donated to the UTHSC College of Medicine after his death in 2010 to establish an endowment in the Department of Physiology.

63. Mississippi Sheriffs to Get Pay Raises -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi sheriffs will get their first pay raise in several years, starting July 1. Depending on where they serve, the raise could be as little as $9,000 or as much as $20,000.

64. Chris Christie to Keynote Tenn. GOP fundraiser -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to headline the Tennessee Republican Party’s annual fundraiser on May 30.

State Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney said the appearance will give voters a chance to form their own impressions about Christie as he considers a presidential bid.

65. Chris Christie to Keynote Tennessee GOP fundraiser -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to headline the Tennessee Republican Party’s annual fundraiser on May 30.

State Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney said the appearance will give voters a chance to form their own impressions about Christie as he considers a presidential bid.

66. Hackett to Address Fundraising Professionals -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will host its monthly luncheon meeting Tuesday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis, 2525 Central Ave.

67. Hackett to Address Fundraising Professionals -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will host its monthly luncheon meeting Tuesday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis, 2525 Central Ave.

68. Democrats Push for Mississippi State Employee Pay Raise -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Democrats say they'll keep trying to give all Mississippi government employees at least a $1,000 pay raise in the coming year, even after several attempts were blocked Wednesday in the Republican-majority House.

69. Tigers’ Jackson Makes Naismith Midseason List -

University of Memphis senior guard Joe Jackson was one of 30 players named to the Naismith Midseason 30 List.

70. Caissa Public Strategy Opens DC Office -

Fueled by a demand for the specialized services it provides, Memphis-based consulting firm Caissa Public Strategy has expanded with the opening of a new office in the nation’s capital.

Caissa founder Brian Stephens said the reason for the expansion there isn’t necessarily obvious. Caissa didn’t hang out its shingle in Washington to focus on landing new work there – instead, the new office is intended to help Caissa have better relationships with its clients there who need work done in the South.

71. Victorian Village to Host Fundraiser Feb. 23 -

Victorian Village Inc. on Feb. 23 will host a fundraiser dinner called A Taste of Elegance, a farm-to-table period dinner benefiting Victorian Village Inc. Community Development Corp.

72. Davis Headlines Fundraiser for Boys and Girls Clubs -

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis presents an evening with former Memphis City Council member and business leader Fred Davis Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the organization’s technical training center at 903 Walker Ave.

73. School Board Pay Raise Returns to Commission -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Feb. 10, on a $20,800 pay raise for Shelby County School board members.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith Administration Building.

Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

74. St. Jude Campaign Raises $97 Million -

The 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign raised more than $97 million to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, representing a projected 31 percent increase over the previous year.

75. Lew Urges Quick Action to Raise Debt Ceiling -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says he will start using emergency measures after Feb. 7 to avoid a first-ever default on the national debt. He says he expects to exhaust those measures quickly.

76. Victorian Village to Host Fundraiser Feb. 23 -

Victorian Village Inc. on Feb. 23 will host a fundraiser dinner called A Taste of Elegance, a farm-to-table period dinner benefiting Victorian Village Inc. Community Development Corp.

77. Mutuality – A Must in Fundraising -

It’s not all about you. 

As you prepare for your next meeting with a current or potential donor, funder or sponsor we suggest focusing on what you want to learn from the meeting. This is distinctly different from a focus on what you want to share.

78. HopeWorks Fundraiser To be Held March 1 -

Dr. Ben Carson, an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, will speak at the sixth annual Morning of Hope breakfast and fundraiser Saturday, March 1.

79. HopeWorks Breakfast Fundraiser Planned for March 1 -

Dr. Ben Carson, an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, will speak at the sixth annual Morning of Hope breakfast and fundraiser Saturday, March 1.

80. IMF Raises Outlook For Global, US Economies -

The International Monetary Fund is slightly more optimistic about the global and U.S. economies this year than it was three months ago.

In an updated outlook released Tuesday, the global lending organization forecasts that the world economy will grow 3.7 percent in 2014 and that the U.S. economy will grow 2.8 percent.

81. IMF Raises Outlook for Global, US Economies -

The International Monetary Fund is slightly more optimistic about the global and U.S. economies this year than it was three months ago.

In an updated outlook released Tuesday, the global lending organization forecasts that the world economy will grow 3.7 percent in 2014 and that the U.S. economy will grow 2.8 percent. The global forecast is 0.1 percentage point higher and the U.S. forecast 0.2 point higher than the IMF’s October forecast.

82. Invest Your Time for Fundraising Returns -

Engaged and effective nonprofit board members are the dream of board chairs and executives.

“Ah, if only our board members were more engaged” is a common refrain. “I can’t keep fighting my board” is another. Board members also have concerns: “I don’t know why we have board meetings: the executive makes the decisions, and expects us to rubber stamp them.”

83. How to Recruit Fundraising Volunteers -

Successful fundraising requires qualified volunteer leadership. Whether you are launching an annual campaign or a capital campaign, you need a campaign chair who is committed to your cause and willing to put in the time required to achieve your fundraising goal.

84. United Housing Raises Funds for United Way -

United Housing Inc., the nonprofit affordable housing agency that serves families in Memphis, Shelby County and West Tennessee, raised more than $4,300 for the United Way of the Mid-South during a recent internal campaign.

85. Blues Foundation Nearing Fundraising Goal for Hall of Fame -

The Blues Foundation is about 80 percent of the way toward securing its $2.5 million budget for construction of the Blues Hall of Fame, which will be housed at 421 S. Main St.

86. Three Tips for Fundraising Success -

Proper planning can set you up for fundraising success. Visualize your success, feel it in your heart and then make sure the prerequisites for fundraising success are in place before you start soliciting. Here are three tips to launch your 2014 fundraising in the right direction.

87. How to Succeed in Fundraising -

Happy New Year! Are you beginning 2014 with your hopes pinned on a bountiful new year? Does your vision of December 2014 include smiling faces as you toast members of your fundraising team, celebrating a year that broke fundraising records? Are you dreaming of fundraising success, or are you planting seeds that can bear fruit this year and for years to come?

88. Fundraising Anticipation for 2014 -

Part two of a two-part series In our last column we asked you to reflect on your fundraising for the past year and to record your answers to three questions: What have you done well, which activities or strategies didn’t meet expectations and were your goals realistic. In anticipation of the coming year, we suggest you use the wisdom gained from your reflections to lay the groundwork for 2014.

89. Commission Votes Down School Board Pay Raise -

The issue of how much to pay elected officials was settled Monday, Dec. 16, by the Shelby County Commission on one front.

But the debate will still be around in another form in the new year.

90. Commission Rejects School Board Pay Raises, Keeps Other Pay Levels Same -

In six hours, Shelby County Commissioners voted down the first of three readings on a proposed $20,000 pay raise for Shelby County Schools board members and kept the pay of the county Mayor, Sheriff, Trustee, Register, County Clerk and Assessor at the same level they are now.

91. Fundraising Reflections for 2013 -

Part one of a two-part series. The year-end can be a perfect time to reflect on your 2013 fundraising activities and to anticipate 2014. If you are a nonprofit CEO, board member, staff or volunteer we have three questions to focus your reflections.

92. Pay Raises, Germantown Schools Deal Top Commission Agenda -

Shelby County Commissioners won’t be voting on anything having to do with the proposed sale of AutoZone Park when they meet Monday, Dec. 16.

The resolution involving their piece of the original terms of financing for the ballpark in 1998 was pulled from the agenda of the last meeting of 2013 at the request of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. last week.

93. New Estimate Says Budget Deal Raises Deficit $41 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress' budget office estimates that the just-announced budget deal would increase the deficit over the next two years by $41.4 billion.

The analysis also says the deal would save taxpayers $23 billion, when calculated over the coming decade.

94. Stephenson Honored by Appraisal Institute -

The Memphis Chapter of The Appraisal Institute presented veteran real estate appraiser Robert Stephenson with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, Dec. 5.

95. FedEx to Raise Ground and Home Delivery Rates -

NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx will raise its FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates in January in addition to raising express shipping rates.

The Memphis, Tenn., company says ground and home delivery rates will increased by an average of 4.9 percent on Jan. 6. FedEx SmartPost rates will also change. Details of new surcharges and rates will be posted to the company's website on Friday.

96. CVS Raising Money for St. Jude -

CVS Caremark has launched its 10th annual holiday season in-store fundraiser to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Through Dec. 7, customers can add $1 to $3 to their purchases at the register to help St. Jude. Customers shopping online at www.cvs.com/stjude also have the opportunity to donate $1 at checkout.

97. Leases Push Renaissance Center Near Capacity -

The Renaissance Center office building in East Memphis should be near capacity early next year, following a series of recent lease signings.

Financial Federal signed a lease on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to occupy 27,000 square feet on the first and second floors of the Renaissance Center, 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive. In addition to the new location, the growing financial firm will have signage atop the East Memphis office building along Poplar Avenue east of Interstate 240.

98. CVS Raising Money for St. Jude -

CVS Caremark has launched its 10th annual holiday season in-store fundraiser to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Through Dec. 7, customers can add $1 to $3 to their purchases at the register to help St. Jude. Customers shopping online at www.cvs.com/stjude also have the opportunity to donate $1 at checkout.

99. Financial Federal Moving to Renaissance Center -

Financial Federal is moving into 27,000 square feet on the first and second floors of the Renaissance Center at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive.

100. Commission Considers County Pay Raises -

Shelby County Commissioners take up proposed pay raises Monday, Nov. 18, for the offices of Shelby County mayor, Shelby County sheriff and four other countywide elected officials.

The commission votes on the first of three readings, which also includes an ordinance to keep the pay of Shelby County Commissioners at $29,100 a year.